Speaking in an interview with Spanish outlet AS, current manager of 3rd placed Ligue 1 side Rennes Julien Stéphan has revealed that he came inches away from accepting the role of assistant manager to Thierry Henry at AS Monaco, with the offer coming 6 weeks before he was given the chance to take his first senior management role with his current side.
“One and a half months before becoming Rennes boss, Thierry (Henry) called me to join his staff. It seemed like a good step in my career, so I responded favourably to his request, but the conditions did not come to fruition for it to be done. Then the Rennes opportunity came up. Destiny did things well!”
Henry was of course sacked by the end of the year and Stéphan has now had an incredibly successful first 18 months in the senior world of coaching with his Brittany club.